Thursday, December 22, 2011
Posted by Tom Bradford at 8:00 AM
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
A huge thank you to all who signed our Ashley Crossing Coalition petition!!
It ALL helped!!
Charleston County officials announced late last week that South Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Robert St. Onge had decided that using one lane on the old Legare Bridge for self-propelled folks will work without significantly hurting car traffic!!
With your help, Charleston Moves got the message across: Bicycling and walking are a big deal -- no matter whether you think of them as recreation or something more serious, like commuting to and from work.
Every trip not taken in a car is a trip that promotes personal health, retards pollution, and advances community wellbeing.
This crossing will bring the West Ashley Greenway to vibrant life, and stimulate all of West Ashley and beyond.
A huge thank you goes also to Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., and Charleston County Council Chair Teddie Pryor Sr. for their strong advocacy of this decision as well as to Charleston City Councilman Mike Seekings and members of County Council.
(Click here to read today's editorial in the Post and Courier)
Obviously, we at Charleston Moves still have plenty of work to do on this! This wonderful decision doesn’t magically produce the money necessary to complete all the work that lies ahead. So, our continued support for the Ashley Crossing will be crucial. We also face more challenges in making sure there is connectivity to and from James Island and Folly Beach. More on that coming up this year!
Charleston Moves is grateful for your support.
Enjoy your holidays and stay tuned!
P.S. If you’d like to send a thank you note to the government officials who made this happen:
Robert St. Onge, Jr, Secretary SC Department of Transportation
955 Park Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Teddie Pryor, Sr.,
Charleston County Council Chair
2700 Crestline Drive
North Charleston, SC29405
Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr.
50 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29402
Posted by Tom Bradford at 1:15 PM
Charleston's Post and Courier seems to love the decision to forge ahead with the plan to convert a car lane to a bike and pedestrian lane. Click on the editorial to read the whole thing fullscreen. Praise for Ashley Crossing Decision The project is still not fully funded, and a further vote on it will be taken by Charleston County Council. (Please tell your county council person to support it!) Indications are that nothing will happen until the completion of the current construction project on Charleston's Crosstown.
Posted by Tom Bradford at 12:29 PM
Monday, December 19, 2011
Here is the letter from the Secretary of the South Carolina Department of Transportation OK-ing the Ashley Crossing. St Onge - Ashley Crossing Note that in a strongly-worded provision, it specifies that a longer-term solution must be found. Charleston Moves is elated at this news and committed to working with all government entities to make sure this bike/pedestrian lane, a key connector in Charleston, becomes a reality as soon as possible.
Posted by Tom Bradford at 11:07 AM
Friday, December 16, 2011
Posted by Tom Bradford at 5:34 PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Charleston Area Transportation Study group has submitted its recommendation about funding a number of bicycle and pedestrian projects in the coming year. Charleston Moves is among the 19 participant groups in the CHATS group.
In this round, a total of $2,482,207 was made available. The individual project requests were ranked by vote of the participants.
Ranking - Points (to reference interest) - Grant Winners - and some of what it means from our perspective:
- 811 points - Ben Sawyer Causeway project - 8' multiuse path, repave causeway and add 2' shoulders, lower speed limit part way, narrower lanes (future request to lower speed limit rest of the way)
- 788 points - Sawmill Branch - complete the Sawmill Branch Multi-use path, new bicycle lanes and sidewalks on Dorchester Rd, new crosswalks, connect into other routes, landscaping
- 777 points - Hanahan Comprehensive Plan - New Multi-use Path, new crosswalk connections... links residential to commercial, schools, and recreation. Our comment: getting a healthy jump on town planning!
- 756 points - St. Thomas Island - New Multiuse Path and separate bridge for path connecting Clements Ferry Rd to Daniel Island (this is phase I to Blackbaud entrance)
- 733 points - Glen McConnell - New Multiuse Path from Bees Ferry (has 10' MU going in now) to Mary Adar (School, Park, residential, commercial)
- 730 points - N. Chas Dorchester Rd - Infill Sidewalks. Approximately 1 mile of missing sidewalk in a 5 mile stretch of road. Connects Schools, Commercial, Residential.
- SC 171 - Connection From Charleston Town Landing to North Bridge Park (base of bridge) on Sam Rittenberg.
- SC 61 - MU path and sidewalks on Ashley River Road under 526 (1+ mile of path).
- Savage Rd - Sidewalk from 17 to Ashley Town Center Rd (costco to lowes road).
- Amy Drive - Sidewalks along Amy Drive connecting school, church, residential in Goose Creek.
Posted by Tom Bradford at 2:09 PM
Monday, December 12, 2011
“Biking isn’t just speed and skills” declared Melody Hile, who participated in the Preservation Society of Charleston’s Preservation Pedal. “I really had fun and met a lot of interesting people”. Charles Fox reported that “it was a blast”. From 10 a.m. to noon on a glorious Saturday, December 3, over 90 bicyclists used their PSC’s created color coded maps detailing places of interest in five of Magnolia Umbra’s twenty four cemeteries, including the most well-known, Civil War era Magnolia Cemetery. Docents were stationed throughout the cemeteries to answer questions. At noon bicyclists pedaled over to Taco Boy for more celebration of a great day. Proceeds from the $10 admission fee are earmarked for the Society’s Seven To Save Fund, which includes Magnolia’s Receiving Tomb which is in need of stabilization and restoration.
Posted by Pat Sullivan at 5:15 PM
Sunday, December 4, 2011
An article from a couple months ago in the Wall Street Journal. Posting it up here because it has some nice descriptions and photos of bicycles similar to what is found in other parts of the world, but are becoming more available around here.
Posted by Chris at 12:06 PM